Breakfast that’s ready to eat when you get up? What’s not to like? Set oats soaking before bed with grated apple or pear and enjoy a delicious breakfast straight from the fridge when you wake up.
A simple creamy mixture of softened oats and fruit, it’s somewhere between a fruit yogurt and porridge – think healthy cranachan.
How to make overnight oats
This classic breakfast is also referred to as Bircher muesli after the famous Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner, who is said to have given the mixture to his patients.
To make it, oats are soaked overnight in either fruit juice or natural yogurt. Try our recipe for apple & blueberry Bircher using apple juice, or soak the oats in natural yogurt like in this apple & banana Bircher.
Jumbo oats will add more texture than porridge oats, or why not try a combination of the two? For extra flavour, toast some or all of the oats for a couple of minutes in a dry non-stick pan. Move them around with a spatula to make sure they cook evenly and once they start to become fragrant and ever-so-slightly browned at the edges, tip them out into a bowl or tray and leave to cool before using.
It is usual to add coarsely grated apple or pear to the mixture – the fruit pieces add freshness and tick off one of your daily fruit portions with very little effort. But try experimenting with the fruit you use – a mixture of apple and pomegranate is particularly delicious. Our spiced apple & crunchy pistachio Bircher is the perfect example. Or why not try something different with this tropical overnight oats recipe which incorporates the sunshine flavours of kiwi and passion fruit.
All that’s left to do in the morning is add that final flourish; scattering over a handful of seasonal fruits, nuts or seeds to give your breakfast extra pizzazz.
Add a drizzle of honey, banana chips, a spoonful of crunchy granola or keep it classic with nuts and berries. This simple overnight oats recipe uses mixed summer berries, honey, yogurt and almond butter.
If it’s the morning already and you haven’t soaked your oats through the night, don’t panic. Try this 10-minute breakfast bowl. You’ll have just enough time to lay the table and get a pot of tea on the go.
Are you an overnight oats advocator? What are your favourite combinations and toppings? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below…
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